Happy Friday Superfans, and welcome to the brand new DC Universe Superman Book Club!
For this inaugural adventure, we’re going back to where it all began for Superman in the comics, his theatrically released adventures and his tenure in animation. It’s a whirlwind of action and adventure as only the mighty Superman can provide!
- Action Comics (1938) #'s 1-3
- Superman (1939) #'s 1-3
The following Fleischer Studios Superman shorts (found under “Max Fleischer Superman”):
S1 E1 Superman (aka The Mad Scientist)
S1 E2 The Mechanical Monsters
S1 E3 Billion Dollar Limited
What’s your familiarity with the Golden Age era of Superman, and what do you like or dislike about this iteration of The Man of Steel compared to how he is seen today?
The Fleischer Studios Superman shorts were originally released in theaters by Paramount Pictures (this was decades before DC was acquired by Warner Brothers), and showcased that animation absolutely can be for children and adults. In fact, the Fleischer’s take on Superman was amongst the most adult oriented of the animation produced in the 1940’s, and certainly within the Fleischer Studios catalog as well.
Have you seen these shorts before and what are your thoughts on them? Along the topic of Superman in animation, what’s your favorite animated Superman adaptation (it can be a movie and/or TV show).
Between Superman’s inaugural adventures in Action Comics (his flagship title), Superman (the first ever solo superhero ongoing series) and the Fleischer’s museum worthy output, just which of these is your favorite introduction to Superman?
There we have it, the first week of all new action and adventure starring that extraordinary being from the planet Krypton, Superman! This discussion will run for one week, from Friday, November 8th to next Friday, November 15th. Pull up your boots and strap on your cape for FUN!
Next week: A CRISIS!